Public inquiry into EA’s abstraction refusal under way

A farmer has appealed the Environment Agency’s refusal to renew his abstraction licences, following concerns that continued abstraction may harm a protected wetland

The rare fen orchid is found at Catfield Fen. Photograph: Artenex/123RFA public inquiry into the Environment Agency’s (EA) decision to refuse to renew a farmer’s abstraction licences has begun.

The two licences, which were originally granted in the 1980s, allowed White House Farm in Marsham, Norfolk, to abstract more than 90,000 cubic metres of water from Catfield Fen between April and October for irrigating salad and potato crops.

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